KANSAS COALBED METHANE COMES ON STREAM
William T. Stoeckinger Consultant Independence, Kan. Inexpensive drilling and development costs are contributing to a resurgence in coalbed methane gas production in southeastern Kansas. The Sycamore Valley, 6 miles north of Independence, is witnessing the most successful coalbed methane development in the state (Fig. 1). The primary drilling objective is the Weir coal at a depth of 940 ft. Wells are capable of producing 100 Mcfd of gas.